Language Arts

Creston School uses The Daily 5 literacy structure which allows for differentiation and student choice in the classroom. The Daily 5 structure includes Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, and Word Work. Students are highly engaged, using the majority of their time for meaningful reading and writing. All classroom teachers have received training from the developers of the Daily 5. For more information visit


How does it work?

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work

Teachers tell us their Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy.

The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:

  • Students develop independence, stamina, and accountability
  • Less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction
  • The framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates
  • Improves schoolwide literacy achievement
  • Behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas

The CAFE System is how Creston School delivers instruction within The Daily 5 framework. It is what enables teachers to choose individualized goals, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide just-in-time instruction to meet the needs of every student.

List of Materials

  • Heinemann: Units of Study for Reading with Texts
  • Heinemann: Units of Study for Writing with Texts
  • Heinemann: Units of Study for Phonics
  • Houghton Mifflin Reading Anthologies and Leveled Readers
  • Electronic Supplementals: A-Z Reading, Scholastic Storyworks, and Scholastic News
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Classroom Libraries
  • School Library
  • Leveled Libraries


What are the Montana Common Core Standards?

The Montana Common Core Standards, Montana’s English Language Arts and Mathematics standards, ensure that our students graduate prepared for college and the workforce. The standards reflect the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century economy such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research and use of technology.

The standards are higher and clearer than our previous standards and provide a grade-by-grade pathway that gives all students an opportunity for a high quality education. The new standards set an expectation that students graduating from high school will be capable of successfully completing first-year college courses.

Additionally, the clear, grade-by-grade standards allow parents to know how their child is doing in school today and trust the information. Parents will know if their child is keeping up and staying on track for their grade level.

Working together, we will meet the goal of graduating every Montana student from high school prepared for college, work and life.